Well-known London LGBT+ venue Molly Moggs’ transformation into The Compton Cross has been hailed a success after ‘heaving’ cabaret nights and a ‘fantastic reception’ from the public.
It’s been almost six months since the announcement was made that Molly Moggs would ‘undergo a huge overhaul’ while staying true to its identity as a cornerstone for the LGBT+ community. So far, so good, according to newly formed and quickly expanding Marmalade Pub Company.
‘We’re delighted at how well the change has been received by Molly Moggs regulars as well as a brand new community of customers,’ Marmalade director, Lawrence Santi told Imbibe.
The Compton Cross is proud to be the first company to sign up to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new LGBT+ Venues Charter. Developed by night czar, Amy Lamé and Khan, the Charter aims to help safeguard venues for the LGBT+ community.
By day, The Compton Cross is said to be a ‘nice calm oasis where shoppers and theatre-goers can pop in and take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the West End’. By night, cabaret performances and drag acts pepper the weekly schedule. ‘Cabaret nights are heaving and the atmosphere is incredible as the acts get everyone up and dancing,’ The Compton Cross manager, Paulo Foschi, said. ’There’s such a good atmosphere – it really has to be experienced to be believed!’
Beyond the décor, entertainment and location, the new venue has a successful craft beer offering and house-infused spirit cocktails.
Retaining the character of the legendary bar was of utmost importance for the Marmalade and Compton Cross team. Soho drag queen, Tiffaney Wells who played when it was Molly Moggs told us: ‘It’s just incredible to see what they have done with the venue. The essence of Molly’s is still there but it’s so much more stylish and comfortable. The décor is glamorous and toilets are pristine! I love playing at The Compton because the crowd is always so enthusiastic, and the drinks are delicious! It’s a real good vibe place.’
Building on the success of The Compton Cross, the Marmalade Pub Company, which will be operated under Ei’s Managed Investments partnership arm, continues to broaden its portfolio after a strong opening for the Portobello Star and its third site, The Crown and Treaty in Uxbridge.
Imbibe has it on good authority plans to reopen a further two ‘historic’ sites will be announced in the not too distant future.
Compton Cross, 2 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TA